[ISN] Pentagon Small Biz Office Didn’t Know About Cyber Training

http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/09/pentagon-small-biz-office-didnt-know-about-contractor-cyber-training/122036/ By Aliya Sternstein NextGov.com September 25, 2015 Hackers pummel small companies because they are easy targets, with poor security hygiene and network access to big business partners, say security specialists. That logic applies to small military contractors, too. But the Pentagon’s Office of Small Business Programs has resources to help protect the little defense businesses – it just didn’t know it. That was the finding of a Government Accountability Office audit released Thursday. The office “had not identified or disseminated cybersecurity resources to defense small businesses that the businesses could use to understand cybersecurity and cyberthreats,” Joseph Kirschbaum, GAO director for defense capabilities and management, said in the report. Office employees “were not aware of existing cybersecurity resources such as those we identified when we met with them in June 2015.” Even as the Pentagon was imposing data breach regulations on the $55.5 billion sector, the office essentially had other priorities than advocating information security awareness. […]




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